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Stewart Island Shag

Stewart Island Shag Leucocarbo chalconotus Very common around Paterson Inlet, these can be mistaken for Pied Shags, but are smaller, have a distinctive white shoulder and wing bar, pink as against black feet, and nest on Rocky Headlands.  They have bronze phase which...

Fiordland Crested Penguin

Fiordland Crested Penguin Tawaki Eudyptes pachyrhynchus When I first arrived on Stewart Island in 1969, Fiordland Crested’s were known only around Codfish Island and in Port Pegasus.  A French couple I had out fishing claimed o have seen one near Bench Island...

Yellow Eyed Penguin

Yellow Eyed Penguin Hoi Ho ,  Takaraka Megadyptes antipodes Yellow Eyed Penguins are sadly declining in numbers for reasons which are not properly understood. Although being a very timid bird nest disturbance is undoubtedly a factor, although less so on Stewart Island...

Little Blue Penguins

Little (Southern) Blue Penguin Korara Eudyptula minor minor Little Blues are very common around Ulva Island, with perhaps as many as 25/30 pairs coming across Sydney Cove during breeding season, as well as within the village area of Oban. Very much an inshore penguin...

Northern Royal Albatross

Northern Royal Albatross Toroa Diomedia epomophora sanfordi These photos were taken quite close to Ulva Island, the first time I had ever seen Royals inside the Inlet, although they are seen out offshore virtually every day when I was fishing. Slightly smaller than...